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Become a Judge

The next science fair is on:

February 7, 2015

Newtown High School, Newtown, CT

Individuals with a background in one of the sciences, engineering or mathematics are needed to serve as judges for the 14th Annual Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair (SCISEF) to be held Saturday February 7, 2015 at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT.

What does being a judge involve?

  • On the day of the Fair (February 7, 2015): Judging 5-8 projects or research proposals in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Engineering. Judges are to arrive at the fair by 8:00 am on Saturday, and will be finished with judging by 1:00 pm. Judges are encouraged to stay for the Keynote Speaker and awards presentation that will begin at 1:30 pm, but are free to leave as soon as their team completes its assigned projects.
  • After judges check-in at 8:00 a.m on fair day, they will assemble with the other members of their team to review the projects assigned in advance, plus any additional assignments for their team. Judges will be offered on-line training via the fair website,

SCISEF began in 2001 with 8 students, all from Staples High School in Westport. In 2011 there were 159 projects submitted; schools from across the region were represented. We expect the 14th annual fair to have more than 200 entries from several area high schools.

Judges work in teams of 2 or 3 members, each with a “captain” who has served as a judge previously. Each project is evaluated by 2 teams. Having as many judges as there are projects keeps the judging process manageable. It is important that the judging be concluded by 1 pm, so that the keynote presentation and awards ceremony can be held beginning at 1:30 pm. A continental breakfast and sandwich lunch will be provided to all judges.

0928_DavidPogue12014 Keynote Speaker:  David Pogue is the anchor columnist for Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He’s won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music.

SCISEF is sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation, Inc. (SCSEF), a 501(c) (3) organization. If you have colleagues or friends whom you feel would be good judges, please encourage them to contact me, or forward their names to me so that I can contact them. We will need more than 200 judges for this fair!!! I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for all your help.

Fran Walker Lichtenberg
Member, Board of Directors, Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation, Inc. Chair of Judges for the Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair
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